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Friday 21 September 2012

Gluten Free: White Chocolate Cheesecake

This is the dessert I make when my mouth says "I'll bring a dessert", before my brain had a chance to say, "You don't have time, don't offer to bring dessert." You can put this together in the time in takes to watch an episode of Neighbours and it's simple enough that you do do both at the same time (I'm all about multi-tasking, y'know). It's also really versatile, you van add whatever fruit you like, depending on what you happen to have in the house and it works equally well with tinned and frozen fruits, too.

You really want a nice, buttery, shortbread to make your base. If I have time to make my own I tend to use an old Delia lemon shortbread recipe and substitute the regular flour for Dove's Farm rice flour.

Rather handily, the theme of our Sluttery dessert club, Just Desserts, is cheesecake! I thought I'd get the ball rolling with my own favourite recipe. 

You'll need:
  • 125g gluten free shortbread (I like Asda's Freefrom All Butter Sicilian Lemon Shortbread for this)
  • 50g melted butter
  • 200g white chocolate
  • 20g butter
  • 200g cream cheese
  • 20g caster sugar
  • 75ml double cream
  • 200g-ish fruit, dealer's choice
Make it!
  • Crush the biscuits into crumbs (I like the put-them-in-a-freezer-bag-and-beat-them-with-a-rolling-pin method, but a food processor works, too) and stir into the melted butter. Press into a cake tin (with a removable base) to completely cover the base. Pop into the freezer for 10 minutes to set.
  • Melt the white chocolate and butter together in to bowl set over a saucepan of just simmering water.
  • Whisk the cream cheese, sugar and cream together, add the melted chocolate and butter and whisk again. (If you want to mix the fruit into the cheesecake, fold it in at this point.)
  • Remove the biscuit base from the freezer and pour the chocolate mixture over the base, smoothing the top, add fruit to the top, if you want. Chill for a couple of hours to set.
According to my husband, really good cheesecake will make you want to sing this...

If you want to take part in Just Desserts, just post your cheesecake recipe on your own blog before 17th October and email us or tweet with the hashtag #JustDesserts to let us know what you've been up to. My mouth is already watering at the prospect of all those cheesecake-y recipes!

1 comment:

  1. Ooh this looks amazing - it's going straight to the top of my to-bake list! :) I haven't made a cheesecake since being diagnosed coeliac so it's definitely time to change that... Thank you!


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